Thursday, June 21, 2012

My studly husband

I have been meaning to blog about this since it happened but I just haven't gotten around to it. I'm just going to be straight forward here. My husband is a complete STUD. I knew it back when I was a freshman in high school and I know it now for sure. I mean, the guy was the center on our high school football team at 170 pounds and he tore it up!

So here's the story...

About a week and a half ago Daniel's best friend from high school, Jake, was getting ready to run a marathon. He had been training for it for like 6 months or something. As the marathon began to get closer,  Daniel started making jokes that he was going to run it too. I, of course, thought he was joking and would forget about it. Keep in mind that Daniel is not a runner...and doesn't even enjoy running long distance. I'm pretty sure he had never run any further that 2 miles.

So the night before the Utah Valley Marathon, Daniel told me that he was serious about running it and that a friend of his from work may also run with him. Neither of them had had any training. I actually tried to talk him out of it at first because, for one thing, I thought he was completely nuts for wanting to do it, and, for another, running a marathon without any training can be dangerous! But...I had no shot. Once Daniel had this set in his mind, nothing was changing it.

I was secretly hoping that Daniel would sleep through his alarm the next morning, but NOPE, he was up and at 'em at 4:00am and I was greeted with scrambled eggs in bed at about 4:30. We met his buddy from work at 4:45 and I drove them up the Provo Canyon where the race began.

After I dropped them off I actually hit the sheets for another hour and a half of sleep (I felt like a lazy bum while picturing my hubs out there running a marathon). Since neither Daniel or his friend were registered for the marathon, they weren't sure if they would be able to drink the water and eat the snacks they pass out at the stops every couple of miles. I was planning on meeting them at the half way point to bring them something to eat. However, I got a call from Daniel at the half saying he was good to go and on pace to finish in 4 hours! I was shocked...but so proud :)

Later, at about the 20 mile marker, I got another call from Dan telling me he had caught up to Jake. Jake had really bad cramps and Daniel decided to stay with him through the end of the race. He asked me to bring them some icy hot for Jake's legs. When I found them just 5 miles from the finish, Jake quickly rubbed some icy hot on and they were back on their way.

I waited patiently at the finish line with Jake's brother's family and, 26 miles later, the two friends finished together.  

Daniel's feet were sooo sore afterwards. I tried to be the best nurse I could. Almost two weeks later now, he says his feet are finally feeling almost 100%.

I am so proud of my stud of a husband. Running a marathon is quite an accomplishment. He says he will probably never run another marathon again...or even a lap around the track.

Sorry for the long, detailed post but it had to be documented :)

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Green Smoothies and Healthy Livin'

If you ask my family, or anyone else who knows me, the words "Regan" and "healthy" have never really gone together. I have always had a massive sweet tooth that I think may have come from my grandmother. We both love our chocolate and all things sweet. But who doesn't?

My other problem is that I have never been a real fan of anything green, or...healthy. I mean, don't get me wrong, I'll eat salad or the occasional carrot every once in a blue moon, but those really aren't my two favorite things to chow down on. As a kid I used to store things like salad or the banana my mom would make me eat every morning in my cheeks and gag at the thought of swallowing them.  

But I've come a long way since then.

And recently...

I've started drinking GREEN SMOOTHIES! Whaaaat?

Yes! It's true.

I've also started to change my snacking habits. You see, I used to come home and find something totally horrible for my body to snack the half eaten package of oreos. And yes, it was most likely me who ate the first half as well (sorry mom, I know you're probably dying if you're reading this).

But lately I have been obsessed with forcing myself to eat "healthy snacks." Now I still eat oreos sometimes and I often still make homemade cookies for my sweet Daniel after a hard day of work (but let's be honest, I mostly make them to satisfy my own craving). HOWEVER, I have been trying really hard to snack on things like pita chips, carrots and humus, and this gluten free, sugar free, fat free, and anything else you can think of free white cheddar popcorn that I found at a health food store that is surprisingly good.

And every morning I have been making myself a green smoothie. And it's actually GOOD tasting and GOOD for my body :)

HERE is the recipe for the very first and most delicious green smoothie I have made.  Sometimes I add some different things but this one is super yummy just how it is.

P.S. the blog where I got the recipe from is one of my favorites and is kind of what has inspired me to want to change my eating habits a little bit (ya that and the cottage on my thighs...but we won't talk about that).

Let's just hope I can keep it up!

This morning's green drink :)

Now hopefully one day I'll be back in shape and lookin' like this...
Ya...that was me back in my prime!
That's all for now!